The Navy’s $500 million purchase of the Titanic 2, a ship used for surveillance and maritime law enforcement, is being hailed as a big win for the U,S.
government, which is spending nearly $600 million to modernize its ships and submarines.
But some critics argue the ship is not being used as an anti-piracy vessel and that it will not be deployed anywhere in the world except in the United States.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus acknowledged that the $500-million purchase of a new warship would not necessarily be the first time the Navy used the ship for anti-piracy missions, and said the ship would likely be deployed elsewhere in the Pacific.
But he also stressed that the ship’s mission was “not anti-treaty.”
“The ship is a high-end surveillance platform that will allow us to monitor a variety of different areas and that will be used to monitor the maritime domain around the world,” Mabus said.
The sale comes as the U:S.
has been under scrutiny for a spate of deadly anti-ship attacks by Chinese warships.
Last week, the Navy revealed that it was carrying out a joint patrol with its Japanese counterpart, which included surveillance of a Chinese naval base in the disputed Spratly Islands.
A week earlier, the U.:S.
also announced that it had intercepted a Chinese ballistic missile in the western Pacific and intercepted a Russian military submarine.
In October, the Pentagon announced it had launched an “interception mission” with a Chinese aircraft carrier to identify and attack a submarine in the waters of the East China Sea.
The Pentagon said in October that the Chinese Navy’s “anti-access/area denial” strategy, which the Pentagon says it has implemented to counter the United Kingdom’s Trident submarines, includes deploying its naval vessels near U.N. facilities.
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